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A Dozen Delicious Homemade Gifts

There is no gift more welcome — or more personal — than one that’s been made by hand in your own kitchen. Here are a dozen delicious ideas if you’re looking for inspiration for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or something for your kids to help make to thank those all-important babysitters, neighbors, teachers and coaches this holiday season.

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  • Pumpkin Pie Granola 1 of 14
    Pumpkin Pie Granola
    What more festive gift for the health-conscious friend than a jar of homemade pumpkin spice granola? Bonus: it will make your house smell wonderful as it bakes!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Bacon Jam 2 of 14
    Bacon Jam
    Can you think of a better gift than homemade bacon jam? It's sure to please the bacon-lover in your life!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Vanilla Sugar 3 of 14
    Vanilla Sugar
    A jar of homemade vanilla sugar is as simple as it gets - perfect for bakers or coffee lovers!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix 4 of 14
    Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
    Who doesn't love homemade hot chocolate? DIY hot chocolate mix is easy to make, and the kids can do it too! Get them to decorate the filled jars with ribbons and sparkles.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Blood Orange Marmalade 5 of 14
    Blood Orange Marmalade
    If you can get your hands on some blood oranges, which have orange skins but blood-red interiors, they made delicious marmalade with a subtle citrus flavor.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • English Toffee 6 of 14
    English Toffee
    Chocolate and nut-coated English toffee is perfect for holiday gift-giving, and easier to make from scratch than you might think!
    Patent and the Pantry has the recipe!
  • Candied Orange Peel 7 of 14
    Candied Orange Peel
    Candied orange peels, or orangettes, are simple to make, dip in chocolate, and package all pretty for holiday giving.
    Sophistimom has the recipe!
  • Spiced Apple Jelly 8 of 14
    Spiced Apple Jelly
    Apple jelly is easy to make, as apples are naturally high in pectin. Flavor yours with anything: lavender, lemon balm, or a cinnamon stick in each jar.
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pretzel Squares 9 of 14
    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pretzel Squares
    Cookies are always well-received at Christmastime — try something different, like these chewy, crispy, salty-sweet squares, that are easy to make in large batches!
    Make peanut butter and chocolate pretzel squares
  • Chocolate-covered Peppermint Oreos 10 of 14
    Chocolate-covered Peppermint Oreos
    Streamline the cookie-making process by dipping Oreos in chocolate and sprinkling with bashed candy canes — they're addictive!
    Make chocolate-covered peppermint oreos
  • Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar 11 of 14
    Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar
    Gingerbread cookies are a classic at the holidays. A simple homemade mix is perfect for giving!
    Food for My Family has the recipe!
  • Cinnamon Molasses Pancake Syrup 12 of 14
    Cinnamon Molasses Pancake Syrup
    Simple Bites has a whole assortment of homemade pancake mixes that are perfect for giving — pick up glass jars or bottles to fill and tie with a bow.
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice 13 of 14
    Pumpkin Pie Spice
    A jar of your own homemade pumpkin pie spice is the gift that will keep on giving all year.
    Make pumpkin pie spice
  • Slow Cooker Apple Butter 14 of 14
    Slow Cooker Apple Butter
    Thick, flavorful apple butter is simple to cook in your slow cooker, making your house smell divine.
    Make slow cooker apple butter

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